#280char­ac­ters: The joke’s on Twit­ter now

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Twit­terati flooded the mi­croblog­ging site with jokes — on Twit­ter it­self — as the so­cial net­work’s founder Jack Dorsey an­nounced yes­ter­day the com­pany’s “small change” but a “big move”: each tweet could now be of 280 char­ac­ters, in­stead of the pre­vi­ous 140. How­ever, for now the in­creased char­ac­ter count is avail­able only to a small group of users; who is in the se­lect group, and why, wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear. Cer­tain tra­di­tions on Twit­ter are still in­tact — as al­ways, Tweeple were quick to air their opin­ion on this. Some of them couldn’t help but poke fun at it. “now only 90’s kids will know how tough it was to ex­press your thoughts in 140 char­ac­ter limit.. #280char­ac­ters”, wrote one user, Shailja. “Good morn­ing. Twit­ter chang­ing to #280char­ac­ters then? Still less char­ac­ters than a Marvel Avengers movie!” wrote an­other user, Mitchell Dunk­ley. Per­haps the best joke was that of co­me­dian Ak­shar Pathak, who wel­comed the change Bol­ly­wood-style. “Twit­ter (140 char­ac­ters): “Hey guys, I’m Vi­jay” Twit­ter (280 char­ac­ters): “Vi­jay Di­nanath Chauhan, poora naam. Baap ka naam Di­nanath Chauhan. Maa ka naam Suhasini Chauhan. Gaon Mandwa. Umar 36 saal, 9 mahina, 8 din, aye aur yeh solva ghanta chaalu hai,” he joked, ref­er­enc­ing Amitabh Bachchan’s fa­mous di­a­logue from Agneepath (1990). US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, a re­lent­less poster on Twit­ter, also be­came the butt of some jokes.

Memes and jokes — about Twit­ter — flooded Twit­ter, as the mi­croblog­ging site an­nounced that ‘a small group of users’ would get to post in 280 char­ac­ters

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